HELPING DANCERS KEEP PERSPECTIVE REGARDING COMPETITION SCORING

I am the most competitive person out there. I'd be lying if I said I didn't like to win. Who doesn't? Nobody goes into a competitive situation and says, "Come to think of it, I'd actually like to lose." As a teacher, I love to see my dancers excel even more. There's no greater feeling than watching your students' hard work pay off and be recognized for their commitment and talent. And, let's be honest, it also makes us feel good as choreographers when our work is acknowledged by our peers as well.....


 

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TEACHING TECHNIQUE WITH DETAIL & SPECIFICITY

It seems nowadays especially, so many things get generalized, glossed over, breezed by and given half-hearted attention to. We glimpse, we glance, we mark, we coast and this effect trickles down to our dancers. What happened to attention to detail? What happened to specificity? Clarity? Intricacy? Painstaking accuracy? These values are slipping away faster than we realize and what was maybe just an oversight is now becoming trend. Unfortunately, this is the fast paced world we live in where people prefer ten things done at 60% vs. one thing done at 100%.....

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THE IMORTANCE OF TEACHING A CONSISTENT WARMUP

Dancers today are faced with a whole generation of fellow versatile, talented technicians. These peers will be their competition, their colleagues and future artists they’ll collaborate with and cross paths with as their dance career flourishes. As teachers who are in charge of their development at the most crucial time in their training, how you design your class is pivotal....

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STOP STRESSING ABOUT MUSIC SELECTION

     Is faculty music selection a constant stress? Do you have to approve all music choices because teachers choose the same music or inappropriate content, music that does not match your recital theme, dated and overdone songs, etc.?  How do you diplomatically suggest to faculty that you’d prefer them to think of another idea? Being able to balance artistic directorship without stifling teachers creativity is a fine line. Sometimes though, for the sake of the business and developing memorable works that showcase professionalism, variety and artistry is necessary.......

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DANCE TEACHER TIP: REIGNING IN THE UNRULY DANCE STUDENT!

As teachers, we all love when our students excel and have a stellar performance year. A year where we see the student blossom and have that "A-HA" moment when everything starts to click for them in class. It's wonderful to see their hard work pay off as well as our own and is the moment every teacher waits for. However, what happens when those students come back to class the following season and are getting, shall we say, a little "overly confident" and a little too big for their britches?

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS HERE'S HOW TO BUILD WORD-OF-MOUTH REFERRALS

Even in today's media-driven world, there is no better form of advertising than word-of-mouth, a personal referral from someone whose opinions others trust and respect. Dance school owners are among the biggest beneficiaries of word-of-mouth referrals, as they require no advertising and marketing budget. The key is how do you get your students and their parents talking?

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FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN TEACHING CREATIVE MOVEMENT TO TODDLERS

Those with the calling, talent & patience to teach dance to toddlers will tell you it requires a skill set all its own. A special, dedicated subgroup of dance teachers, the knowledge and training necessary to teach these littles while creating a fun experience takes some thought and careful planning. Remembering this is a crucial developmental time, the five tips below will help get you started and also be a reminder that you are extremely essential to this fundamental time in dance training and child development! .........

 

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HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES YOUR STUDIO WILL LOVE!

Happy early Halloween everyone!

As this is my absolute favorite time of year, I thought we could all get into the spirit of sharing some fun and festive Halloween ideas to celebrate in your dance studio! Halloween is definitely a holiday with the flair for the dramatic, so this is the perfect occasion for dance studios to create an amazing environment to let imaginations run wild! Here are a few of my thoughts!......

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FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD BE TEACHING YOUR DANCERS OUTSIDE OF TECHNIQUE

Teaching dance is a gift afforded to us. It is a special talent and we are the lucky ones to get to do what we do each day. It does however come with its share of responsibilities and teaching young dancers technique and performance just simply isn't enough. The following five items are also important lessons that should be taught to and expected from your dancers starting from the youngest, tiny beginners to your oldest, most advanced pre-professionals. This also holds true for recreational students. These values set a precedent, teach etiquette, decorum, respect for the studio and art form and implement professionalism, courtesy and respect for oneself.....

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MAKING DANCERS WITH LIMITED TECHNIQUE LOOK GOOD

It’s always inspirational as choreographers to walk into rehearsal and feel confident you have dancers who are both technically and artistically mature enough to handle the material you are about to give them. What excites us more is having those able bodies execute our vision as we see it and are limitless to the complexity of the movement we can give them.

On the flip side, as teachers and choreographers, we are also presented with dancers at times who are not as technically advanced, who are beginners or are at the studio for recreational purposes only. Yet, each dancer still deserves the same experience of having a dance set on them they feel good about performing and look forward to....

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FUN IDEAS TO BOOST STUDIO MORALE

Being a studio owner involves the constant juggling of many hats; often all at the same time. Certain seasons and groupings of dancers lend itself to everyone being connected, excited and full of team spirit. However, that sense of camaraderie and team focus doesn’t always surface and if it does, can dwindle; only to have to be rebuilt all over again once a new season begins..........

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VIDEO VAULT- STRETCHES FOR HIP FLEXORS WITH JESS STAFFORD

Here's a great , "How to" teaching segment on exercises for stretching and strengthening hip flexors with our own, Jess Stafford! Catch her this summer at the Dance Teacher Web Live Conference & Expo at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas July 29th-August 1st!

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DANCE TEACHERS, FEELING UNINSPIRED? TRY THIS......

As choreographers, our students look to us as the beacon of creativity. Particularly at the start of a new year, dancers await the delivery of new pieces, concepts, movement and music. It is a very exciting time of the year for them when they anticipate where they will stand in formation, whether they will have a featured part, how the choreography will look and feel on their body, whether they will be chosen to partner and how the overall vision will take shape...........

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MODERN DANCE TEACHERS: HOW DANCE TEACHER WEB CAN HELP YOU!

As we all know, modern dance is a genre which breaks with traditional ideas, can fuse idioms and at times does not synchronize with the classic ballet foundation we aim to instill within our students. In fact, until recently, modern dance was not a common inclusion within studio training curriculums until the undergraduate years of college dance. Then, students coming from solely traditional training backgrounds would often be overwhelmed and intimidated by this "new" way of moving, exploring space, improvising and creating movement.

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DANCE TEACHER WEB HELPING BALLET TEACHERS WORLDWIDE!

For dance teachers who teach Ballet we offer a wide variety of videos and articles from pre-school level to advanced all designed to keep you current with the latest techniques using different styles suitable for all age groups and levels. Looking for some new ideas for your pre-school dancers?

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